For some reason, a steady stream of questions has been flowing through my mind and heart lately. Here’s the latest:

If I kept doing what I’m doing today—if I kept on being the same person I am right now—talking, deciding, praying, trusting, loving, investing, retreating, faltering, fearing, and doing life just like this—who would I be, where would my life be in five years’ time? And would I be pleased with that?

I’m reminded of a business maxim that states, “Your system is perfectly designed to get the results you’re getting.” Which reminds me of the tongue-in-cheek definition of insanity: doing the same things over and over again while expecting a different outcome.

Don’t answer the questions yourself. Get a piece of paper out, with a nice pen, and lay them out before God. Then write down what he lays on your heart.

Next questions: Where do I want to be in five years? What do I want my life to look like, my relationship with God to be like? What does God want it to look like?

Again, make this a prayer thing. Write down your thoughts and impressions.

Last question: Lord, what should I do about it? If God gave you a job description for the next five years, how would it be laid out? What would it include? Leave out?

Big questions, tough answers, I think.